Stanford Hospital's cancer center has put out a request for
chemo hats, especially for men. They need to be made in soft
yarn. This could be a good way to reduce your stash and try
Some good ideas for soft yarn:
(Not all of these come in "masculine" colors)
Lion Brand Microspun
Lion Brand Cotton Ease
Knitpicks Shine and Shine Sport
Wildflower DK cotton and acrylic
Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille
Rowan Calmer (a stretchy cotton blend)
Knitty has a pattern for a chemo hat using Calmer, called Shedir
one of the sites I looked at lists Plymouth Encore
possibly Fantasy Naturale (mercerized cotton)
I also found a pattern for a chemo hat made from recycled silk yarn.
Here's one for a felted hat that looks like hair from Crystal Palace.
You could also make this in fun colors for women.
Here are some more links to patterns and suggestions for other
yarns. It seems that wool is not recommended (itchy and hot?).
Bev's Country Cottage
Ronni Lynn Spoll's excellent site